Backyard Camping Party Ideas!

Camping Party IdeasNow that school is back in session, it might be hard to get away for a camping trip. That’s why you should throw a CAMPING PARTY in your own backyard! That’s exactly what Jami King did, and isn’t it fabulous? We’re so glad she is letting Pizzazzerie share the pics + details!

JAMI: “Every summer my parents go camping so the past few years we have been taking Diesel and meeting up with  my parents to do a little “camping” ourselves. I do have to admit that Diesel is not fully aware of what REAL camping entails.  He is used to having his own bed in his own bedroom with his own flat screen tv to watch.  While that may not be camping to some, it is all he knows and boy, does he LOVE it!!!  He loves it so much that I thought it would be the perfect theme for his 3rd birthday party this year.”

Camping Party Ideas Wooden Sign

JAMI: “I wanted to keep the party very simple and small this year but once I started seeing all of this amazing “antique” camping gear everywhere I couldn’t resist.  I love the look of old-time, vintage camping.  The images of 6 kids and 2 happy parents singing road-trip songs in their boat-of-a-stationwagen pulling a tiny little tear-drop trailer seems like the ideal reality of camping so I wanted to portray that while keeping it still very boy-ish.”

Rustic Wooden Camping Party Tents + Signs

JAMI: “My wonderful neighbor, Jim, built the tent frames for me.  I painted the various wooden signs that we posted all over the yard, front and back to warn the guests of the scary bears they may encounter within the Marysville city limits. The kids played the good ol’ games of tug-o-war, 3 legged race, sack races, and I even found a tent pinata at an online party store.”

Camping Party Trail Mix Bar

JAMI: The goody bags included camping related items such as a compass, lantern, mosquito repellent bracelets, camping temporary tats, flashlights, pop rocks, etc, etc.   The adults got cans of OFF! and really cool firestarters that I found on Etsy.  Everyone enjoyed making their own trail mix to take home at the Trail Mix Bar.

Backyard Camping Party Cake

JAMI: “Next to our real bonfire, a S’more Fun S’more Table was setup. Yummy!! My favorite part. The dessert table included camping themed cookies, bear poop (chocolate no-bakes), cake pops, a smore cake, and a camping cake.  The adorable little camping props that I used as the cake topper came straight from the camping mecca of the world, Cabelas!”

Photography: Lilja Photography
Tent Pinata: Celebrate Express
Printables: Serendipity Soiree 
Wood Scoops and flatware: Tulle And Twig
Cakes and desserts: Jami’s On Sweet Street

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  1. Camp Diesel was a delightful little 3rd Birthday Party. A party of Fun for the kids as well as a kick back, relax around the bon fire setting for the adults to enjoy. Thank You for inviting us to your 3rd Birthday Party! We can’t wait to find out what next years theme will be. – “Auntie” Michelle Baker

  2. Joan Anderson says:

    Jami ia truely a creative and talented party planner.Her sweet treats look so cute and nummy!

  3. Love everything! I’m planning a Moonrise Kingdom party for my baby’s first birthday. How did you make those canteens? Thanks!

    1. Hi! Take a look at the credits list at the bottom, this was a submission that we featured. You’ll want to reach out to the actual person who hosted it for your question.


  5. Reminder: Rules are rules but it is better to be safe especially with childern. Make sure to always have extra life jackets when going out boating. I made the mistake of just having adult life jackets. When small children joined us, the adult boating vests didn’t fit and wasn’t safe enough. Even though the responsibility begins with the childs parents, once they step on boat, it is yours.

  6. I must ask where did you get the little water canteens, they are adorable!!

    1. Hi Jami! This is a feature so click through to the actual planner of this party for your question about the canteens! :)

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